The housing market in England has plunged to record lows as the ongoing political crisis continues.
The famous house in which James and Lily Potter made the ultimate sacrifice, Harry Potter’s Godric’s Hollow home is up for sale.
But unlike J. K. Rowling’s internationally best-selling books, the six-bedroom property is struggling to sell.
After initially hitting the market in June 2017 for a cool £995,000, the price of the De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk has since dropped to £950,000 (A$1.8 million).
The 15th-century property was featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, where Lord Voldemort murdered the young wizard’s parents and Harry became “The Boy Who Lived.”
Harry and Hermione visit the remains of the home in Godric’s Hollow in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One.
According to estate agent Carter Jones, the owners have received a number of offers over the last two years but are still waiting to find the iconic home “the buyer it deserves.”
Caroline Edwards, a partner at Carter Jones, told the BBC: “special houses like this always have to find the right buyer – indeed, a buyer who is prepared to be a custodian as much as a resident”.
However, ongoing Brexit uncertainty could also be preventing the sale of the home.
Since the UK voted to leave the EU more than 3 years ago, the nation’s real estate market has stalled.
According to Halifax, one of the country’s major mortgage lenders, annual house price growth in the UK has reached the slowest pace in 6 years.
A former bed and breakfast, the Potter’s family home boasts 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and a beautiful south-facing garden.
De Vere House has retained beautiful period features inside and out.
The façade is jettied with exposed timbers, brick nogging, leaded mullions and ornate carved timbers, and inside there are fireplaces, wall paintings and a rare stone spiral staircase with a carved brick handrail.
It is one of around 340 listed buildings in Lavenham, considered to be the best-preserved medieval village in England.
If you don’t quite have the funds to purchase Harry’s childhood home but still want a peek inside, never fear. The owners have listed the property on Airbnb until it’s sold.
A private room for two guests, plus breakfast, will set you back around A$230 per night.